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a very long and public grooming for power, for trade for years as the natural successor to his godlike father. so when his father died in 1994, north korea's was side- leadership could easily pass to another -- quasi-leadership could easily pass to another member of the family. now there is talk of succession. but now it is in more haste. and with the added problem, many suggest, that none of his three known suns appear to be particularly promising leaders. the first was once caught trying to enter japan on a false passport, apparently in an attempt to visit tokyo's and disneyland amusement park. the middle son is reportedly considered "too feminine" by his father. that leaves his third son, just 26 or 27 years old, unknown and experience -- and experience. -- on experience. -- unexperienced. he is a complete political novice. he may be his father's successor next week, but it may be a different matter for other power elites in north korea. bbc news. >> more of the main news for you. 18 children are still missing in pakastani kashmir where a school bus has crashed. officials say it is
. his days are limited and he has to push this issue very fast. regardless of whether he is well groomed or ready. that's the reason they need a regent. >> warner: barbara, is there no rival power center? in other words, the fact that the son was given military appointments? does that mean the military is behind this and the elites are behind this? >> i hate to say this on television but i don't know. >> warner: that's very refreshing. >> i don't think we know. is there an internal power struggle? very possibly. yes. if i were in the military, i don't know that i would be so happy about a 27-year-old leader-son. >> warner: you've done a lot of reporting based on north korean sectors. it's fair to say if he takes over any time soon he's going to inherit a country in far worse shape than his father inherited? >> the country was in bad shape when his father inherited it. but the leadership was still in good shape. people really loved kim il song, even defectors i talked to have reverence for him. kim jong il has never been that popular. years now of famine and deprivation, people, i don't t
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